TV reporter detained for spreading false message about resumption of train service in Mumbai

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The Hush Post| 13:09 pm| one-minute-read|

An FIR has been lodged against a TV reporter after he reported that trains would resume, which may have prompted the gathering of migrants in suburban Bandra on Tuesday, a police official said.

Rahul Kulkarni, based in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, has been rounded up for questioning and police are in the process of bringing him to Mumbai. In a news report, Kulkarni said Jan Sadharan special trains would resume for people stranded due to the lockdown.

According to a news report in The Tribune, Kulkarni has been booked under IPC Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant and 269, 270 (negligent, malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 117 (abetting commission of offence by public).

More than 1,000 workers, mostly migrants from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, gathered at the Bandra railway station and its vicinity on Tuesday afternoon.

Their demand was that the state government make transport arrangements so that they can go back to their native towns and villages. It was then that the police swung into action to disperse the crowd and also ascertain who spread the false message. This ultimately led to Kulkarni’s detention.

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